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Things to do in Melton Hill Lake

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Centre
“Turkey Creek has dining, entertainment, shopping, dessert boutiques, and is basically your all-inclusive stop for the whole family. The Regal Cinema Theater is STUNNING! I remember seeing the neon lights for the first time at night when I moved here and though to myself..."Wow. Now THAT is a theater". Ohhh boy, and trust me it doesn't disappoint either. An ABSOLUTE MUST is the 4DX movie theater. The seats move as if you're on a ride at your favorite amusement park. I'm talking full tint, unexpected laughter, and a true movie experience that is UNFORGETTABLE! The theater actually can rain...rain...yes, it's that advanced. It's almost as if you're put into the movie itself. It's one of the most state of the art theaters out there. Plus, you have the 3D showings, regular 2D showings, along with extended hours and special features for certain movies. Shopping-There are simply too many to list but none that I don't love! Kid-friendly shops, pet stores, apparel, home decor/furniture, hobby shops, and shops for the tech-lovers. Restaurants-SOOO many good ones. But my three personal faves are Connor's Steak and Seafood (super nice and romantic), Kabuki (AMAZING sushi-ask for Dichka! Tell her Erica & Jay sent you. She makes that business the most unforgettable experience with her customer service, beautiful heart, and attention to detail. She has our personal orders memorized!). Last but most certainly not least-Schakolad Chocolate Factory! That's right. Chocolate baby....I'm talking whole lotta chocolate. The owners are local and I love supporting their business. They are in there early and stay late. They dip my "usual" order of fresh strawberries right in front of me to watch and then flash freeze them while we talk for a minute so I can enjoy my treats only moments later after leaving. They have fresh gelato and TONS of beautiful cordials, truffles, and specialty chocolates that decorate their display cases. Just talking about it brings back the amazing smell of this place. It's my personal favorite for a dessert that offers more than a quick bite. Their service and willingness to provide the most educational chocolate experience are so cool. On the first Monday of each month, they offer a closed-door event for people to dip their own chocolates and make their own treats while learning about the history of chocolate. Just be sure to call and book ahead. It fills up quickly. How cool would this be for a work event or family night out that's interactive and conveniently located!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Cinema
“Just down the road from where we live. It's a very big theater that will have all the new releases. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Food: Chick-Fil-A, Chipotle, Baskin Robbins, Blaze Pizza, Connors, Einstein Bagel, Five Guys, IHOP, Longhorn Steakhouse, McDonalds, Olive Garden, Moes, Panera, Pei Wei, and much more! Stores: Bath and Body Works, American Eagle, DSW, KAY Jewellers, and so many more!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Museum
“Fascinating story of Oak Ridge and the Manhattan Project all in one place. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Furniture / Home Store
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“Beautiful Lake Location. Great Food. Great Service. Nice drive along the lake away from the congested traffic of Knoxville.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A TRUE local family tradition. Big Ed's Pizza has been around since 1970. It's an interesting and delicious spot that people travel far and wide to try. Their homemade dough, sauce, and ORIGINAL family recipes are ones that make your heart warm and belly happy. They offer t-shirt sales inside too for a memory that you can take with you long after you've finished your pizza. It's the perfect spot to hang out with the locals or take a group of friends. Don't believe me?! Just ask around and you'll hear almost everyone recommend this pizza joint in Oak Ridge.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Our waitress, Alexis Mayuex, did a phenomenal job the entire time we were at the table. She didn’t leave our drinks empty, constantly refilled our bread, and made our experience one to never forget!! I hope the that next few customer get the pleasure of having her as a waitress. I will most definitely request her next time I come in! I will also always recommend the Turkey Creek location because of their amazing service!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Flat water, home of the spring regattas. Great walking track! Near Calhoun's restaurant.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“The best homemade ice cream anywhere, Razzleberry's has great lunches and breakfast and dinner on Friday and Saturday. Great food! Cute pigs for decor.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is our favorite go-to for early dinners. If you plan to dine after 4pm, reservations are a must. The lobster bisque is outstanding and their raw bar Tuna tar tar is to die for.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very good food. Reasonable prices. They do close early in the evening. 8:00p.m. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Fantastic, service, atmosphere and steaks!! Great for a romantic dinner or special celebration! A must for steak lovers!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
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“Last year, while on vacation, we went to the Smoky Mountain Brewery in Pigeon Forge. That visit was forgettable and a reviewed it as so. For Father’s Day, I was treated to dinner at the Knoxville restaurant. Everything that I had previously loved about Smoky Mountain Brewery was evident in Knoxville. Our waiter Joe was great and constantly checked up on us and removed dirty plates and dishes. The beer sampler I had was very good, with the Black Bear being my favorite. The price for the sampler is very good too; this time I had 6 beer samples for $7. I once again went with my favorite steak, the Brewery ‘Ale’ Steak, and it was perfect. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fantastic, although appearances might deceive you. It's an easy walk also. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“A nice local restaurant for American fare and a decent selection of beers on tap.”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Furniture / Home Store
“Beautiful Lake Location. Great Food. Great Service. Nice drive along the lake away from the congested traffic of Knoxville.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A TRUE local family tradition. Big Ed's Pizza has been around since 1970. It's an interesting and delicious spot that people travel far and wide to try. Their homemade dough, sauce, and ORIGINAL family recipes are ones that make your heart warm and belly happy. They offer t-shirt sales inside too for a memory that you can take with you long after you've finished your pizza. It's the perfect spot to hang out with the locals or take a group of friends. Don't believe me?! Just ask around and you'll hear almost everyone recommend this pizza joint in Oak Ridge.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Our waitress, Alexis Mayuex, did a phenomenal job the entire time we were at the table. She didn’t leave our drinks empty, constantly refilled our bread, and made our experience one to never forget!! I hope the that next few customer get the pleasure of having her as a waitress. I will most definitely request her next time I come in! I will also always recommend the Turkey Creek location because of their amazing service!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Last year, while on vacation, we went to the Smoky Mountain Brewery in Pigeon Forge. That visit was forgettable and a reviewed it as so. For Father’s Day, I was treated to dinner at the Knoxville restaurant. Everything that I had previously loved about Smoky Mountain Brewery was evident in Knoxville. Our waiter Joe was great and constantly checked up on us and removed dirty plates and dishes. The beer sampler I had was very good, with the Black Bear being my favorite. The price for the sampler is very good too; this time I had 6 beer samples for $7. I once again went with my favorite steak, the Brewery ‘Ale’ Steak, and it was perfect. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fantastic, although appearances might deceive you. It's an easy walk also. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“This is our favorite go-to for early dinners. If you plan to dine after 4pm, reservations are a must. The lobster bisque is outstanding and their raw bar Tuna tar tar is to die for.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fantastic, service, atmosphere and steaks!! Great for a romantic dinner or special celebration! A must for steak lovers!”
  • 3 locals recommend

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